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Facts of the Matter

A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women

Archive for April, 1995

Wednesday, April 26, 1995

“BUSINESS ETHICS”

Good Morning!

Perhaps the term “Business Ethics” is incompatible, like the oxymoron’s: “Military Intelligence” or “Ambitious Hippie” or “Selfless Teenager“.

It may be that in our struggle to apply Biblical truth to market place realities, we fail to grasp:

  • The fact that the world’s values and modus operandi are driven by greed, while Kingdom values are based on generosity.  Hence, the clashing of Jesus reminded us:

You cannot serve God and Money.”  (Matt. 6:24b TCNT)

  • Just who we are in Christ:   A redeemed people in the process of conforming into Christ likeness, en route to our heavenly home, while temporarily domiciling on planet Earth.   As such, we would not want to do anything in our business practices to sully that process.  (Rom. 8:29; Heb. 11:13-16)
  • The fact that it is God, not us, who provides for our needs: This being true, we need not “prostitute” our integrity by bowing to sub-Biblical ethical practices in a miserly attempt to meet our obligations. (Heb. 13:5; Phil. 4:19)

So the next time you are faced with a moral or ethical dilemma in your business or profession, simply ask the question:

What would Jesus do?”

If you are unable to do that, it is highly likely that you are in the wrong profession.

After all, as followers of Christ would it not be better to maintain one’s integrity as a ditch digger, than to Prostitute one’s honor in the running of a multi-national corporation?

It all depends upon whether your perspective is temporal or eternal.

“For what good is it for a man to gain the whole world at the price of his own soul?  What could a man offer to buy back his soul once he had lost it?”  (Matt. 16:26 – Phillips)

 

 

My prayer is that you are having a great week!

Wednesday, April 19, 1995

WHAT HAPPENS TO OUR CHRISTIAN FRIENDS WHEN WE PLAY AROUND WITH SIN?

Good Morning!

Why should we care about how our actions impact others?

Two reasons:

  • Often our sin deeply hurts our Christian brothers and sisters:

“…If one member suffers, all the members suffer with it…”  (I Cor.12:26a)

  • We incur the judgment of God if we cause the least among us to stumble:

“…Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it is better for him that a heavy millstone be hung around his neck, and that he be drowned in the depths of the sea.”  (Matt. 18:6)

Following, are excerpts from a letter I received today from a close friend who is lamenting over the sin of a fallen brother:

“…Where my real grief lies is with Sam+ and his family.  Mary+ and I have been experiencing severe buffeting due to the consequences associated with (Sam’s sin)…

“Dwight, never before have I ever in my life convulsed due to the sin committed by a friend…it made me wretch…How much more so for a pure and holy God…

Be careful how you walk, Dwight, for the days are full of evil and Satan continues to roam about looking for guys like you and me

“After seeing Sam’s world come apart in the midst of the absence of accountability to anyone…it serves as a terrifying reminder of just how close we all are (to sinning) at any given time.”

 

Like it or not, our actions do profoundly affect the lives of those around us.

 

Not to mention the account to which God will call us, should we by our actions cause others to stumble.

 

 

 

My prayer is that you are having a great week!

Monday, April 10, 1995

WHAT’S YOUR CLAIM TO FAME? WHAT IS YOUR TRADEMARK?

Good Morning!

  • An exclusive address and club membership?
  • The degrees after your name?  And the institutions of learning attended?
  • A reputation as a tough, street-wise winner in a competitive field?
  • Being in high demand on the speaking circuit?

Like the guy said, “Lord, it’s tough to be humble when you are so good!”  Or, If you got it, flaunt it!”

 – With subtle undertones of course.  It’s not “urbane” to be garish.

Let’s admit it…It’s kinda of nice to be:

 –  Stroked

–  Admired

–  Put in a special category

–  Thought of as one who is just a cut above the rest

Except it is not God’s way for us.  Paul writes:

“…God forbid that I should boast about anything or anybody except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ…The world is a dead thing to me and I am a dead man to the world.”              (Gal. 6:14 – Phillips Translation)

“…I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.” ( I Cor. 2:2)

As “strangers and pilgrims”+ on this earth, our only “claim to fame” can be that we belong to Jesus Christ.

Anything more is evidence of a life insidiously infected with pride.

 

 My prayer is that you are having a great week!

Monday, April 3, 1995

“TO BE HUMAN IS TO BE WOUNDED”+

Good Morning!

–  By parents

–  By the guys on the team who picked you last

–  By ungrateful children

–  By the cutting remarks of your spouse

–  By colleagues who are clawing their way up the ladder

The Lord Jesus said,  “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me:

  …To bind up the brokenhearted

  …To grant:    

– Consolation and joy to those who mourn…

– An ornament of beauty instead of ashes,

– The oil of joy instead of mourning,

– The garment of praise… instead of a heavy, burdened, and failing spirit…”  (Isa. 61:1-3 – NAS; Amp.O.T.)

TO BE HUMAN IS TO BE WOUNDED…That is true — But,

Whatever your wound..

Whatever your disappointment…

Whatever your fear…

The Great Physician, who Himself was deeply wounded, now waits to bring you healing…

If you will let Him.

 

 

My prayer is that you are having a great week!